The Young and the Restless

American daytime soap opera

The Young and the Restless is a very popular American soap opera. The show is the highest-rated soap opera, which means that more people watch it than any other soap opera. It aired its first episode on March 26, 1973. It is set in fictional Genoa City, Wisconsin. In the beginning, the show was about the Brooks family, who were very rich, and the Foster family, who were poor. Today, very few members of either family are still on the show.

The Young and the Restless
Also known asY&R
GenreSoap opera
Created byWilliam J. Bell
Lee Phillip Bell
Written byJosh Griffith
Directed bySally McDonald
Owen Renfroe
Casey Childs
Conal O'Brien
Michael Eilbaum
Steven Wilford
See below
Opening theme"Nadia's Theme"
by Barry De Vorzon and
Perry Botkin Jr.
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons51
No. of episodes12,862
Executive producersAnthony Morina
Josh Griffith
(and others)
Camera setupVideotape
Running time30 minutes (1973-1980)
60 minutes (1980-present)
Original release
ReleaseMarch 26, 1973 (1973-03-26) –

Today, the show tells stories about two cosmetics companies: Newman Enterprises and Jabot Cosmetics. Newman's president is Victor Newman (played by the actor Eric Braeden) and Jabot's president is Jack Abbott (played by Peter Bergman). These two men hate each other very much and would like to see the other fail. This hatred is the root of much of the story on the show.

List of actors/characters on the show

Actor Role
Hunter Allan Noah Newman
Peter Bergman Jack Abbott
Vail Bloom Heather Stevens
Eric Braeden Victor Newman
Tracey E. Bregman Lauren Fenmore Baldwin
Bryton Devon Hamilton
Hayley Erin Abby Carlton
Sharon Case Sharon Abbott
Judith Chapman Gloria Bardwell
Jeanne Cooper Katherine Chancellor
Doug Davidson Paul Williams
Michael Muhney Adam Wilson
Matthew and Riley Esham Fenmore Baldwin
Adrienne Frantz Amber Moore
Daniel Goddard Cane Ashby
Michael Graziadei Daniel Romalotti
Amelia Heinle Victoria Newman Hellstrom
Elizabeth Hendrickson Chloe Mitchell
Christel Khalil Lily Winters
Christian LeBlanc Michael Baldwin
Kate Linder Esther Valentine
Thad Luckinbill J.T. Hellstrom
Joshua Morrow Nicholas Newman
Emily O'Brien Jana Hawkes
Nia Peeples Karen Taylor
Eyal Podell Professor Adrian Korbel
Greg Rikaart Kevin Fisher
Melody Thomas Scott Nikki Newman
Ted Shackelford Jeffrey Bardwell
Michelle Stafford Phyllis Summers Newman
Kristoff St. John Neil Winters
Jess Walton Jill Foster Abbott
Patty Weaver Gina Roma

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